Whether you are a mother who is having a hard time breastfeeding because of your baby’s inability to latch properly, or you have a young child who has speech difficulties, the reason could be due to a lip or tongue tie. This development in babies is not uncommon, but it can cause various issues that prevent full functionality of the tongue and/or lip. To remedy this problem and give your child greater oral movement, Dr. Patrick at Wash Park Pediatric Dentistry can perform a frenectomy in Denver. This simple and quick procedure can make a difference in the way your child eats, speaks, and even how they breathe. To find out if your child is eligible for this type of treatment, contact our office today.
Also known as a lingual frenum, a tongue tie in Denver is when a band of tissue connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth and mandible. The length of this band can vary; however, if it is too short, it can restrict your child’s ability to fully move their tongue, which can create certain problems depending on the age of your child. Some of these include:
It is also possible that your child can have a lip tie or “labial frenum.” If a band of tissue connects the top lip to the gum area above the front teeth, this can create similar types of problems as a tongue tie. Tongue and lip ties are graded as mild, moderate, or severe. A pediatric dentist can help you understand if a procedure is warranted.
Fortunately, a frenectomy can be the remedy your child needs for maximum oral functioning. However, while a frenectomy can be beneficial, they do not need to be done all the time. Dr. Patrick believes in a conservative approach and often will recommend meeting with a lactation consultant or a speech language pathologist before treating to ensure the procedure will deliver optimal benefit.
When inquiring about a frenectomy, you will sit down with your child’s pediatric dentist in Denver, who will look at their particular problem (lip or tongue tie) and determine if it warrants this type of procedure. If so, the process will be quick and virtually painless for your child.
Your little one will lie on their back while Dr. Patrick applies a topical anesthetic. This will numb the area and eliminate any possibility of feeling any pain throughout the process. Using the appropriate surgical tools, he will quickly release the band of tissue, giving your child a much better range of motion.
Taking only 15 minutes or less to do the entire procedure, it will be necessary to keep the area clean to prevent any type of possible infection.
What makes this procedure so popular and beneficial is that it gives your little one the range of motion they need to function and develop in the areas of speech and weight gain. Additionally, a frenectomy: